Monday Night Football November 19, 2012 8:30 EST TV: ESPN
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers -3.5 OvUn 34
The Bears face off against the Niners Monday Night, as two of the NFC’s best teams square off.
Chicago fell 13-6 last week against Houston and lost QB Jay Cutler in the process. He took a helmet to helmet shot in the first half and has not been medically cleared to play this week. Jason Campbell will get the starting nod with Cutler out; the veteran QB has started 70 games over the past six seasons and has thrown 70 TDs to go with 50 interceptions.
San Francisco will also be without their starting quarterback. Alex Smith left the 24-24 tie last week with St. Louis with a concussion. Colin Kaepernick will get his first start on Monday, a second round pick in the 2011 draft. In relief of Smith last week, he went 11 for 17 for 117 yards and rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Opened at SF -5.5, but has moved to SF -3.5 almost everywhere. The move coincided with the announcement that Smith would not be making his start, and Kaepernick would get the nod. The total opened at 36.5 and is now at 34, one of the lowest in the NFL this season.
While many Niner fans might be excited about the running dimension added to their offense with Kaepernick starting – we can’t forget they are facing the Bears. The NFL’s top rush defense and takeaway leader. The Bears defense is scarily good. Even with the addition of a running QB and Frank Gore’s between the tackles attack, we don’t think the Bears should have much of problem containing SF offensively. Campbell is a proven veteran and could very well be a starter somewhere else. The Bears will run an efficient game plan and should control the clock in route to a road victory.
Go for the Bears +3.5 at the leading US sportsbook www.bovada.lv